In the United States I have heard this pronounced Mih-KAYL. While it may be an incorrect pronunciation, it's a likely Americanized, Anglicized pronunciation that many unfamiliar with the name may default to so if you live in the U.S. be prepared to correct folks on pronunciation.
I have heard many in the United States pronounce Mikhail, Mih-KAYL so if used in the U.S. expect some level of prompting the correct pronunciation.
Mikhail Anatolyevich Kerzhakov is a Russian football goalkeeper. He plays for Zenit Saint Petersburg. He is the younger brother of striker Aleksandr Kerzhakov.
Mikhail Smirnov who is better known by his stage name Misha Smirnov, is a Russian. He represented Russia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Mechta", where he placed sixth. Mikhail is a finalist of the 2nd season "Voice. Kids" in Russia, an actor of musical theatre "Ivanhoe", a multiple Grand-prizer of many Russian and international vocal competitions.
I have a friend with this name and she pronounces it
Me-Ky (as in kyle) -el.
Mikhail Koudinov, a gymnast who took part in the Glasgow 2014: Commonwealth Games.
A famous bearer is Mikhail Kalashnikov, creator of the AK47. He was born in an extremely poor family and joined the military at a young age. After becoming injured he came up with the design for the AK47. This went on to become the most produced firearm in history with over 600 million made. He passed away in December of 2013 at the age of 94.
The name Mikhail was given to 123 baby boys born in the US in 2012.
Mikhail(1798-1849) was the son of Tsar Paul I of Russia and his wife Sophie. He was the younger brother of Tsar Alexander I and Tsar Nicholas I of Russia.
Mikhail (1832-1909) was the youngest son of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia and his wife Alexandra Feodorovna.
Another famous bearer of this name is Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich Repnin from the Russian TV show, Бедная Настя (Poor Nastya), played by Pyotr Krasilov. He is damn cute and his friends always call him Misha(Миша). :)
Although the proper pronunciation is mee-KYLE, the Mikhail at my school pronounces his name as mah-kale, two syllables. And that's what everybody calls him.
The right pronunciation of Mikhail is not mee-KYLE. It's pronounced like mee-HA-ee-le, with the letter "l" pronounced lightly at the end. The stress is on the letter "а". Also, the Russian "ха" of Михаил is like a deep-throat "HA" sound, like the "ch" of Scottish "loch", so it's nothing like the letter "K" in English.
A famous bearer is Mikhail Bakhtin, a Russian philosopher, literary critic, semiotician and scholar who worked on literary theory, ethics, and the philosophy of language.
There was a character named Mikhail Victor in Resident Evil 3 Nemesis.
Mikhail Rasputin, a Marvel Comics supervillain best known as Colossus's older brother.
Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov wrote 'The Master And Margarita' and several other famous works.
Mikhail was also the name of the younger brother of Nicholas II of Russia. He had the chance to become Tsar, but he refused to accept the crown.
A famous bearer is Mikhail Baryshnikov, a world-famous male ballet dancer.
It's pronounced mi-ha-IL.
When spelled the Russian way, you pronounce it mi-KYLE.

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